Women's Soccer Travels to Virginia Tech for the Opening Round of its First-Ever NCAA Tournament

 
 

BALTIMORE – UMBC women's soccer travels to Blacksburg, Va., for its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance on Friday, Nov. 15. The Retrievers take on Virginia Tech in first round action. First kick is set for 5 p.m. at Thompson Field.  

UMBC (13-5-2), the winners of the America East title, became the first AEC team to go from worst in the league (0-5-3 in 2012) to first the following season (6-2-0 in 2013) completed one of the biggest turnarounds in the country this season. The Retrievers, who posted a program record 13 wins on the season, captured a share of the America East regular-season title and followed with a 2-1 victory against No. 2 Stony Brook in the AEC Finals to earn their first-ever league tournament crown.  

The America East Co-Midfielder of the Year Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) notched her seventh goal of the season and her sixth game winner in the tournament finals Saturday to solidify Most Outstanding Player honors. The red-shirt junior, who entered the season without a goal, has played a key role in the Retrievers success this season, tying with sophomore forward Alexa Quaranta (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) for a team-best 17 points on the year. An AEC All-Conference First Team honoree and the America East Women's Soccer Fans' Choice Player of the Year, Quaranta has tabbed the most goals for a Retriever since 2005, registering eight goals on the season. The second-year forward ranks in UMBC's top-10 in the single-season record book in shots (60).

Senior goalkeeper Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) and sophomore back Amira Walcott (Beltsville, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) both earned America East All-Conference Second Team honors on the Retrievers' backline. Kadet, the program's all-time saves leader, has five shutouts on the season and is surrendering 0.95 goals per game.

Virginia Tech (16-4-2) enters the tournament as one of the four No. 1 seeds awarded to the ACC. The Hokies finished fourth in the ACC regular-season, before knocking off top-seeded Virginia in the ACC Semifinals. Despite falling to Florida State in the finals 1-0 on Sunday, Virginia Tech tied a program record in wins this season and registered five wins over nationally-ranked opponents.

The Hokies are outscoring their opponents 47-18 on the season and have two players that have notched 20-plus points on the season, led by senior forward Jazmine Reeves' 10 goals and five assists. Freshman forward Murielle Tieman has chipped in nine goals, four of which were game winners, and five assists.

Virginia Tech's defense has blanked nine opponents on the year and are surrendering 0.79 goals per contest. Senior Dayle Colpitts has seen a majority of action in net this season and has allowed 17 goals on the year.